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The Vietnam War 

A comprehensive history of the United States' involvement in the bitterly divisive armed conflict in Southeast Asia.
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2017  
Top Rated TV #20 | Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Peter Coyote ...  Self - Narrator 10 episodes, 2017
Huy Duc Huy Duc ...  Self - North Vietnam / ... 8 episodes, 2017
James Willbanks James Willbanks ...  Self - Army Advisor / ... 8 episodes, 2017
Duong Van Mai Elliott Duong Van Mai Elliott ...  Self - Saigon / ... 8 episodes, 2017
John Musgrave John Musgrave ...  Self - Marines / ... 7 episodes, 2017
Phan Quang Tue ...  Self - Saigon 7 episodes, 2017
Karl Marlantes ...  Self - Marines 7 episodes, 2017
Nguyen Ngoc Nguyen Ngoc ...  Self - N. Vietnamese Army / ... 7 episodes, 2017
Bao Ninh Bao Ninh ...  Self - N. Vietnamese Army / ... 7 episodes, 2017
Bill Zimmerman ...  Self - Antiwar Activist / ... 7 episodes, 2017
Leslie Gelb Leslie Gelb ...  Self - Pentagon 7 episodes, 2017
Hal Kushner Hal Kushner ...  Self - Prisoner of War / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Roger Harris Roger Harris ...  Self - Marines / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Carol Crocker Carol Crocker ...  Self - Saratoga Springs, NY / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Tim O'Brien ...  Self - Army / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Jack Todd Jack Todd ...  Self - Nebraska / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Bui Diem ...  Self - S. Vietnamese Diplomat 5 episodes, 2017
Robert Gard Robert Gard ...  Self - Army / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Neil Sheehan ...  Self - Journalist / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Bill Ehrhart Bill Ehrhart ...  Self - Marines / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Ron Ferrizzi Ron Ferrizzi ...  Self - Army / ... 5 episodes, 2017
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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides-Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from ...

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There is no single truth in war.


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Trivia

Many of the combat footage reels shown throughout the series are not from the battle being discussed, for example, during the discussion of Saigon during the Tet Offensive, several videos filmed in the city of Hue are shown as if they are in Saigon. See more »

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Referenced in The Good Place: The Burrito (2018) See more »

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Monumental Documentary
14 October 2017 | by MikeyB1793See all my reviews

This is overwhelming. This documentary had me riveted through all 10 episodes.

I recorded it, but could never proceed directly to the next episode because so much emotion was packed into each one. I had to give at least a day between each viewing. After viewing an episode I would shut the TV off. Watching anything after would have been anti-climatic compared to the intensity of what I had just absorbed.

Among many excellent passages from the documentary, this is one of my favourite commentaries: "It is very, very difficult to dispel ignorance if you retain arrogance".

We are provided with the full panoply of the Vietnam War, with many different viewpoints and opinions. From start to finish this is visually engrossing. Full congratulations go to the makers of this unforgettable documentary.


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English

Release Date:

2017 (USA) See more »

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Florentine Films See more »
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